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    Leather care product

    Hi guys.

    well after a week of ownership, my seats look fine, no creases but on the outer side bolster (the bit that holds your arse in on a tight bend) is looking a bit shiny rather than matte.

    Can the ones in the know fill me in on what they use to bring back that brand new matte finish so i can nip this in the bud before i end up with shiny seats!!


    P.S. I dont want a cleaner, I want to restore the matte look if possible

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    Leon

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    good question... one I was gonna ask myself although I clearly 'float' into my car as they arent shiney yet!

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    I wish i could float in too!

    The bolsters on these bucket seats are so big its like climbing over a wall to get in!!

    The first time in got in the car i nearly did myself an injury!!

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    Gliptone liquid leather!!! - The conditioner, not the cleaner.

    I also use Poorboys Natural Look as it's not greasy or shiney.
    Last edited by S3IZZO; 20th March 2008 at 11:38.

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    You could do a lot worse than any of the leather conditioning/cleaning wipes you can buy from any supermarket.
    Purists would probably mock, but I find they work fine.
    I use them on my bike leathers, our suite and the car.
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    I too just use a household leather cleaner meant for the settee, surely leather is leather and it doesnt matter if its in the car or in the front room. The one that use looks shiny at first but it soaks in and looks more matt afterwards, trying to think what its called!
    Skint because of my car, the forums made me do it

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    None of the leather care wipes I use leave the leather shiny, I wouldn't like that.
    I use Armor all protectant for the dash and interior plastics, but it also says it's suitable for leather.
    I've used it a few times, and it seemed to be fine.
    I must have been doing something right, because the bolsters in my three year old S-line looked like new.
    I used to use neat's-foot oil on my bike leathers, but that's a bit old skool!
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    Ah this isnt a wipe its a liquid application, I will find out the name when I get home as it escapes me. You add a generous amount and leave it to soak, then go around buffing it in, pain in the arse but its is very good though, the drivers bolster in my 2000 A4 looks great for its age
    Skint because of my car, the forums made me do it

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    http://www.elitecarcare.co.uk/produc...products_id=57

    Gliptone is the stuff, I assure you - it's not expensive at all either, probably costs less than Bowfers cleaning wipes with the amount of use you get from one bottle

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    Leather's pretty resilient stuff, I've been looking after it for years (bike gear)
    You can even, if you use a non-biological powder, machine wash it!
    It just needs some feeding.
    Zero feeding will end up with it drying and cracking.
    Even occasional and pretty basic feeding (conditioning) will give good results.
    I've got leathers I had 20 years ago.
    I can't fit into 'em, but they still look as good as new.
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    I use Wheelers Leather Balm, its meant for furniture but works very well, as said, leather is leather, except in starbucks where its actually plastic . It cleans and leaves a matt finish. Oh and a lovely smell!

    http://www.theholdingcompany.co.uk/P...tockCode=LEA01

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    Rob

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    Quote Originally Posted by bowfer View Post
    Leather's pretty resilient stuff, I've been looking after it for years (bike gear)
    You can even, if you use a non-biological powder, machine wash it!
    It just needs some feeding.
    Zero feeding will end up with it drying and cracking.
    Even occasional and pretty basic feeding (conditioning) will give good results.
    I've got leathers I had 20 years ago.
    I can't fit into 'em, but they still look as good as new.
    I read somewhere that baby wipes are good for looking after leather

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    Quote Originally Posted by L60N View Post
    I read somewhere that baby wipes are good for looking after leather
    Makes sense, if they contain Lanolin.
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    I've heard that too, a colleague whose recently had a kid said he tried it and it worked well, I've not yet had a reason to purchase baby wipes though

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    Baby wipes are good for cleaning anything off anything. In fact they are so good it makes you wonder the harm they must do to a baby's skin. I always keep a pack in my cars.

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    Rob

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    I will try the baby method, unfortunately we dont get many products. The Seat bolster on my S3 (the one on the outer side, where your butt goes) is showing some wrinkles after only 2 months. But I am also afraid of shine, I want to keep the matt look!

    I will let you know how it goes.....



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    Quote Originally Posted by bacardi View Post
    I've not yet had a reason to purchase baby wipes though
    They're often BOGOF in supermarkets.
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    Quote Originally Posted by S3IZZO View Post
    http://www.elitecarcare.co.uk/produc...products_id=57

    Gliptone is the stuff, I assure you - it's not expensive at all either, probably costs less than Bowfers cleaning wipes with the amount of use you get from one bottle

    this is the one to go for!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by bowfer View Post
    Leather's pretty resilient stuff, I've been looking after it for years (bike gear)
    You can even, if you use a non-biological powder, machine wash it!
    It just needs some feeding.
    Zero feeding will end up with it drying and cracking.
    Even occasional and pretty basic feeding (conditioning) will give good results.
    I've got leathers I had 20 years ago.
    I can't fit into 'em, but they still look as good as new.
    Thanks Bowfer

    I'll never get my bucket seats in my washing machine tho!
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    Ive just sent the misses off to Morrisons for a pack of Johnsons finest

    I'll report back in later

    p

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    AutoGlym leather care cream stuff is good...

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    I had a bit of a shiny seat ( the bum bit ) had a go with the baby wipes , and no more shiny seat! i will get some proper leather care cream,but for now baby wipes do work , i did the streering wheel as well!

    p

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    Quote Originally Posted by bowfer View Post
    They're often BOGOF in supermarkets.
    I'm thinking of getting a discount card at Mamma's and Pappa's

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    Yes, the baby wipes are good at removing body grease and such, but my main concern is some sort of softener to remove the creases that might appear in the long run! They are already showing up!



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    ^^^^^Yeah i think we need to buy something else , wipes are good to keep in the car , i will get some leather treatment.

    p

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    I have been thinking about getting something for my leather S3 seats too.

    http://www.elitecarcare.co.uk/produc...products_id=57.

    This product looks good but does it leave any sort of patches or worrying issues in amy way? My S3 has the standard black S3 leather seats with the dimpled seat cushions.

    I read that this product does a good job, what do you think?

    http://www.merproducts.com/acatalog/...r_Cleaner.html

    I suppose I just want the best product for the job!!

    Cheers, prt

 

 

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